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Monica and Augustine

Saint_Augustine_and_Saint_Monica

There is a well-known saying that, ‘Behind every great man there is a great woman.’  This certainly applies to St Monica, whose feast day we celebrate last week. Monica’s son, St Augustine, has been described as the most Significant Christian Thinker after St Paul.  His adaptation of classical thought to Christian teaching created a theological… Read More

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Religion and Spirituality

differences between spirituality and religion

When the Taoiseach, Micheāl Martin spoke to the nation on Tuesday evening, at one point he commented that the government did not want to interfere with the spiritual life of people.  This was in response to a reporter’s question with regard to people going to Mass. His response was interesting because going to Mass is… Read More

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Upon St Swithun’s Day

St Swithun

On Tuesday, July 15 we celebrated St Swithun’s Day.  He was even mentioned on the RTE news, not an accolade afforded to too many saints in these times of religious indifference!  However, this saint may be an exception because of his association with a topic close to the hearts of us Irish, namely the weather…. Read More

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London Bombings Remembered

London bombing

Tuesday of last week marked the fifteenth anniversary of the London bombings, an atrocity that claimed the lives of 52 people and injured more than 700 others.  I well remember the event and seeing on the news the image of the mangled number 30 bus in Tavistock Square, which became the symbol of that terrible… Read More

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Life after Covid19

Life after covid19

This week we saw the beginning of what is referred to as the opening up of our country. Hand in hand with this is the notion of ‘the new normal’, a phrase which strikes fear in the hearts of some, intimating that things have changed irrevocably. I am still getting used to the idea of… Read More

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Unsung Heroes- Carers

carers-unsung heroes

Following the huge success of the High Hopes Choir and Choir of Age, David Brophy assembled a choir from among Ireland’s 355,000 family carers.  He wanted their involvement in the choir to be therapeutic and fun. In a two-part documentary for RTE, the viewers hear the various different stories as they watched the participants prepare… Read More

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Love Thy Neighbour?

love thy neighbour

Within the last two weeks the usual headlines regarding Covid-19 have been replaced by another huge news item; sadly not a good one. What should have been a minor incident in Minnesota turned into a world news story, leading to scenes of mass protests and demonstrations across the United States. On May 26, George Floyd… Read More

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The Pope has a Dream

St Pope John Paul II- cardinal

Pope St John Paul II was born one hundred years ago last Monday.  When future historians look back on the most influential personalities of the 20th century, his name will undoubtedly loom large in their accounts.  Even his critics would agree that few individuals have had a greater impact-not just in the field of religion-but… Read More

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Nursing at the Front Line

Nursing at the frontline

All of us in Ireland and the rest of the world have been affected by the crisis of Covid-19, none more so than the people working on the front line. One such group is, of course, the nurses, those dedicated women, and men, many of whom have lost their lives, in the fight against this… Read More